Re: Not sure what going on?
I am a newbie on the board. I am also going through the same thing as you.
In Oct of 2006 made a trip to the emergency room and was diagnosed with diverticulitis, came out of the emergency room in worse shape than I went in. Was allergic to the dye used in the Cat Scan, also allergic to the high dose of Flagyl and came down with phlebitis where they placed the "port". November of 2006 I had a colonoscopy, five polyps were removed but they could not get the scope to go any further than midway through my colon. December 2006 I was sent for another test, do not know the name of the procedure but it consisted of a barium enema and air being puffed into the colon, with not being able to continue the colonoscopy my gastroenterolist wanted this test done so he could see what was going on in the part of the colon he could not get the scope through. Learned that my colon is what is called a "torteous colon" not sure what this means! He told me that he could do surgery that was not covered by my insurance company. Really and truly I have not felt good for one year, if my colon flares up I am put on flagyl or cipro---have terrible side effects from these antibiotics---it is just one lousy round-about cycle. Like you I am trying to do as much research as I can on this disease. If I feel a flare up starting, I immediately stop eating (except for broth and light soups) drink lots of water and just give my colon a rest for a couple of days, then I start back onto a soft diet for a few days and then back to my regular diet. Just make sure that you never ever get constipated--my gastroenteroligist wrote a prescription for Miralax, this has been the most helpful thing to me while going through this. If in doubt you can always get a second opinion. Good Luck to you. Do not mean to ramble but your case seems so much like I am going through.